Monday, November 30, 2015

GIVEAWAY : I'm Happy for You (Sort Of..Not Really) Finding Contentment

Can you really find contentment in a a world of comparison. In the world of social media and not just on our real lives , it is indeed very easy to fall into this culture of comparison.
Comparing ourselves to our friends, our family and even strangers! I must admit  that I have fallen into this trap before and I may fall into it again.  

It started in a Facebook comment. I don't recall the exact picture where the comment was made. But all I remember was being told that I need to go out more often ( Because I am a SAHM), that I have to tell my husband that I need a break. This comment was made by a working mom. I really have a beef with the comparison between a stay at home mom and the working mom. Needless to say,  it got me thinking? Am I really missing something with not going out? I felt little .. and ended up comparing herself to me. While I'm at home taking care of my little ones wearing my worn out sweats , she shared a lot of pictures of herself fully made up, nice clothes, branded things.  Then I prayed and with my husbands wisdom. He reminded me of how valuable my work here at home with our kids is. It doesn't matter what other people may think of me being a stay at home mom, what matters is the time I am putting in with our girls. The girls that God has entrusted me with. 

Then I have that friend too, she used to constantly compare herself to me and others. She sees a supermom in me. I'm not. . She sees me all prettied up but she doesn't see the mountains of laundry that I have. She notices our girls good attributes but doesn't see the hard work  that I invest in them, the teamwork my husband and I put in.

If we are not careful and mindful , we will end up being envious of others. We will steal somebody elses joy just because we can't find our own. We can't find the contentment in not being perfect.

"I'm Happy for You (Sort Of...Not Really): Finding Contentment in a Culture of Comparison" by Kay Wills Wyma is a book about the struggle of comparison. I really adore her sense of humor! Especially on that part where she was filling out an online form for a position. Been there, done that. 

If you struggle with comparisons, you will love this book! You are not the only one with food wrappers in the car or laundry in the washer that's been washed 3 times!

 About Im Happy For You (Sort OfNot Really)
     Our cultural obsession with comparison is undercutting relationships and sapping contentment. With disarming candor and humor, Kay Wills Wyma explores how to trade comparison for compassion and rediscover what life is all about.
       It’s easy to get caught in the comparison games we play with our appearances, our kids, and our homes. Kay reminds exhausted families about tried and true remedies from the pressures of competitive living.
       In her warm, relateable style, Kay confronts the comparison epidemic raging in our homes, our neighborhoods, and our social-media feeds, offering remedies along the way.
       With candor and humor, Im Happy For You (Sort OfNot Really) explores the troubling effects of living in an excessively competitive culture—and reveals simple yet effective ways to escape the comparison trap.

About the Author
Kay Wills Wyma is a blogger, mother of five, and the author of Cleaning House through which she has appeared on The TODAY Show, CNN, Glenn Beck, The New York Times, Focus on the Family, and more. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, she held positions at the White House, the Staubach Company, and Bank of America. Kay lives in the Dallas area with her husband, Jon, and their family.


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Friday, November 27, 2015

Goodnight Moon Free Printable Pack

   I still remember the nights that we would read Goodnight Moon to our eldest daughter when she was a wee tiny baby. I have awesome memories of her when she was just learning how to read at the age of 3 (Read : How We've Taught Our Now 5 yr old To Read at the Age of 3 ) . This classic board book played a big part in her journey to her love of reading. I remember that I would just point to the illustrations and she would say.." 3 little bears sitting on chairs ".. "a mouse"...a "toy house".

   Our youngest one is 3 yrs old now.  Even though she's not in school yet , we do Before FIAR here at home. If you are not familiar with Before FIAR, here's a great resource. Sometimes, not all of the books are in our local library , in those cases ..we utilize our home library.

    Because our girls enjoyed this classic board book a whole lot, I made these worksheets in line with the Goodnight Moon board book.  An ALPHABET practice and COUNTING pack.

It is FREE, so feel free to download and use with your little ones!

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BOARD BOOK : 30 pages

About the author :

Margaret Wise Brown (May 23, 1910 – November 13, 1952) writer of many children's books, two of her most famous children's picture board book are Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Brown died unexpectedly in  France of embolism, shortly after suffering from appendicitis. When she passed away ,  she had wrote over one hundred books. Brown left behind over 70 unpublished manuscripts.To read more about Margaret Wise Brown and her work, read here.

Other Goodnight Moon Books:

Now grab your FREE Goodnight Moon Printable pack!

Goodnight Moon Counting Printable

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